Many schools engage in the practice of “passing on” students to the next teacher. Generally this involves a child’s current teacher providing next year’s teacher with insights about a child’s strengths, challenges, friendships, triggers, and so on. When this process does not occur formally, teachers informally discuss students. This sharing of information can be important … Continue reading Jake’s Story: The Gift of Learning to See a Student in their Fullest Potential
On a recent muggy summer evening in Boston, I was in a car on my way back from dinner with friends. As we rolled into a tollbooth, the driver carefully assembled some coins and handed them over to the toll collector. One might think that this was a typical highway scene. Suddenly, however, the toll … Continue reading Bringing Honest Self-Reflection into Our Practice
In 2010, professors Sara Hendren and Brian Glenny began covering the standard “handicapped” symbol on Boston parking signs with translucent stickers that depicted a new image. Over the familiar stick figure sitting upright in a wheelchair, they pasted one leaning forward, arms reaching back to spin the wheels of the chair. Calling into question the … Continue reading The Power of Moral Imagination
Care is all around. Learning to open to and receive care empowers us to extend care to others. In this TEDx talk, Brooke D. Lavelle highlights ways for strengthening our natural capacity for care and compassion.
“Teaching is personal. You have to put yourself out there. You have to confront who you are on a daily basis.” These are words that I have used when mentoring student teachers. But, just like telling children to “pay attention” and then providing them with no strategies, the teaching profession—or at least this teaching professional (until recently)—hasn’t offered much … Continue reading Is There a Place for “Inner Work” in the Education Community?